13 January 2015

On The Shelf: Landline

Disclaimer: The content ahead may or may not contain spoilers for the said book. Any opinions or thoughts are personal, neither the author nor the seller has any influence in this review.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts....

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

You guys, I fell in love with this book. I fell in love with how the spark between Georgie and Neal went off, all the teasing and heartache, all the assurance and promises. Their simple yet passionate love made me think about certain parts of reality.

Part of us would say whatever, anything, to make the other half still want us. We might even got to a point where we take whatever we have for granted, assuming it will always be there waiting, never a second thinking it will be gone.

To know that your action, no matter from the future to the past or vice versa, will create a certain consequence is scary. For this point, I am so thankful for the author not to elaborate too much on this time travel and complicate the whole feel in the book. As I read on, I went on the emotion ride with Georgie and even rooted in the end when she knew what she wanted.

Seriously though, if your phone needs a battery change, just go get one. Like, now.

Books like this never fail to make me wanna give J a tight squeeze after the reading session. I got hooked on in the last few chapters and that hanging feeling didn't really help when I'm trying to sleep. Well, I can do this to him later on then. ;)

What would you do if you have a magic phone that allows you to time travel?

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